The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are two of the biggest bands to come out of the UK. And it was Mick Jagger who inducted the Fab Four into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1988. During his speech, the singer revealed which Beatles song made him sick with jealousy.
During his induction speech, Jagger said: “At that point, the Stones were playing at these little clubs in London.
“[We were] doing Chuck Berry songs and blues and things.
“And we [were] a pretty scruffy lot and we thought that we were totally unique animals. I mean there was no one like us.And then we heard there was a group from Liverpool.
“This group, they had long hair, scruffy clothes but they had a record contract.And they had a record in the charts, with a bluesy harmonica on it, called Love Me Do. When I heard the combination of all these things, I was almost sick.”
Jagger added: “Later on they gave us our first big hit in England, which was a song they wrote called I Wanna Be Your Man.And we were really grateful for that because that really broke us in England.But the example of the way they wrote and the original way they crafted their songs wasn’t lost on us.We had a lot of rivalry and a little bit of friction in those early years, but we always ended up friends and I like to think we still are.”
Earlier this year Paul McCartney asserted The Beatles were a better band than The Rolling Stones, during an interview on The Howard Stern Show.
Jagger said: “[The Rolling Stones] are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues.
“We had a little more influences. There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
But Jagger hit back when talking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music.He said: “That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition.The Stones went on, we started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and [are] still doing them now. “That’s the real big difference between these two bands.One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.”